June 28, 2015

Deadly Adultery

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 28, 2015

Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. Proverbs 5:5

Adultery is deadly. It kills relationships and destroys reputations. Children of a parent caught in adultery become confused, dismayed, and angry. A child is innocent of a parent’s infidelity but still suffers the consequences of ongoing conflict, pain, and resentment. Without trust in the Lord and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit’s healing and forgiveness, suffering children are set on a similar path of destruction.

Indeed, the ripple effect of adultery’s actions can be felt for generations; so run from this raw deal. It is not worth breaking the heart of God and those who love you the most. Do not allow instant gratification to numb you from the devastating effect of selfish whims. What is done in the darkness will come to light, and it is detrimental. Like the insidious work of termites, integrity’s foundation begins to crumble.

“He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts” (1 Corinthians 4:5). Therefore, stay faithful to your bride or groom, and you will reap the rewards of relational life and respect from your children.

How can you be on guard against adultery’s allurement? One way is to avoid websites that offer virtual temptation. We mock God when we pray, “Lead me not into temptation” (Matthew 6:13) and then expose ourselves to escapades that lead to adultery. So ask for accountability, and install software that blocks bad sites. Secondly, save emotional intimacy and time alone for your spouse only. Heart connection needs only to occur between a husband and wife. Friendly flirtation is the first step into adultery’s intoxicating control; so inoculate your life from adultery’s infection with a healthy marriage.

Husbands and wives who have emotional and physical fulfillment at home are not easily led astray. Moreover, make loving the Lord and obeying His commands your compelling commitment. God’s discipline is sure for those who select the sinful action of adultery. Yes, He forgives, but He also disciplines those whom He loves. Therefore, remain on the high road of faith and fidelity. Avoid the death of adultery with a life-giving marriage.

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4).

Prayer: Whom can I ask for accountability, specifically regarding wisdom with my time and freedom?

Related Readings: Genesis 39:7–9; Judges 16:5–15; Matthew 5:27–30; 1 Timothy 1:9–11

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Comments

  1. DJ says:

    Of course the title caught my eyes because I have lived through it myself. What I read was truthful with the exception of one thing mentioned. “Husbands and wives who have emotional and physical fulfillment at home are not easily led astray” Even had I not lived this myself ( my husband had an affair) it is still not true because only the Lord can give us ANY kind of fulfillment. Sure he uses others to accomplish this such as a husband wife relationship with the physical but again a human can do only so much as the other one allows them to do. You cant force “fulfillment” on others and you can give all you have to give and still not be enough. And then there’s always the issue that the person might be bringing some baggage to the marriage( we all do in some form or another) that a human can not combat. Sadly this was true in my case and found my husband had MANY issues I was not aware of and kept us from having the intimacy but all I could do then as I do know is to pray and seek God on it all. Just asking for grace when it comes to this subject since I have and am living through it and have given all I can give and continue to stand in the Lord. Thank you

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear D.J.~
      Thank you for your sincere and heartfelt comments regarding the devotional, “Deadly Adultery”. Your very honest and personal statements clearly shined a light on the feelings of a spouse going through this darkness. D.J., I admire you for sharing your story with us, and I can only imagine how many in our Wisdom Hunter’s family who were blessed (and educated) by your thoughts. Thank you.
      Your TRUST and FAITHFULNESS in our Heavenly Father is powerfully evident in your comments;
      “…but all I can do then and now is to pray and seek God on it all” and your last sentence,
      “…since I have and am living through it and have given all I can give and continue to stand in the Lord”. What an example of obedience to your Creator. Wow!
      I read your response a few different times and each time I thought of “our sister” in Proverbs 31.
      In Proverbs 31:10:
      “A wife of noble character who can find?
      She is worth far more than rubies.”

      Again in Proverbs 31:25:
      “She is clothed with strength and dignity…”
      D.J., if ever there is an example of a woman “clothed in strength and dignity”, it is you.

      Thank you for being an example of a Godly woman. You honor God by your trust and faithfulness in Him.
      Grateful for you~
      Gwynne
      “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, form and steadfast.”
      1 Peter 5:10

  2. Randy Herring says:

    Great devotional! Thank you for teaching pro-actively. We need not to wait to help after divorce but to fight the divorce epidemic. Amen, GOD forgives!
    Just as HE forgives so must we. Jeremiah 3:1-4:1 GOD divorces Israel but doesn’t marry another. HE reconciles with her in 4:1. This is our example and Paul correctly teaches us this in 1St Cor. 7:11.
    The fornication in Matt. 5:31-32 and 19:9 is Deut. 22:13-21 pay close attention to v20. She was accused of formication, pre-marital sex. This is not adultery. Separate sins Matt. 15:19
    Remember Romans 3:23. Not even a spouse can throw a “stone” John 8:1-11.
    JESUS is LORD, not Moses. Matt. 19:8

    1. Gwynne says:

      Thank you Randy, for your encouraging response to the devotional, “Deadly Adultery”. You made some thought provoking points and I look forward to looking up the scripture verses you cited and digging deeper into His Word! I must thank you for that, I ALWAYS love to dig deeper into our “rulebook” and get clarification on living life today.
      I know how much our Heavenly Father loves us and wants our marriages to be honorable and loving.
      We are thankful for you, Randy, and look forward to hearing from you again in the future.
      May God bless you and yours,
      Gwynne


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